What is Personality Dimensions?
Personality Dimensions® represents the next level of evolution in presenting temperament or personality theory. The primary author, Lynda McKim, builds on the foundations established by the work of David Keirsey, Linda Berens, et al, and a history of temperament theories that spans 25 centuries.
This dynamic tool is the culmination of the research and validation work that was done in Canada over two decades to support temperament theory, and to provide an easily understood methodology for building self-awareness, self-esteem, and effective communication strategies.
Drawing on the results of current validation studies that included participants from across Canada, and years of observation of interpersonal preferences demonstrated in workshop settings, Personality Dimensions® fosters increased self-knowledge through a facilitated self-discovery model that will make a lasting positive impact.
How does it work?
Personality Dimensions® emphasizes the self-discovery process, and uses the highly effective, time-honoured learning technique of manipulating cards to engage the participant and reinforce learning by choosing the temperament or personality that is most like them from the four temperament-based, colour coded Picture Cards. The four temperaments on the Picture Cards, are represented by a unique marriage of internationally accepted, non-offensive, high impact colours, and specially-selected, easily recognized symbols.
These personal selections are then reinforced by selecting Dimension Cards that are most representative of the individual in some or all of the following areas, depending on the type of programme being facilitated: Life Values, In Communication, At Work, In Relationships, or In Conflict.
The instrument further explores personal temperament preferences by having participants complete a Traits & Characteristics survey, in which they explore their personal values, traits, strengths, characteristics, and behaviours. Finally, borrowing an aspect of personality type theory, participants take a short quiz to reveal their preferences for introversion or extraversion. Personality Dimensions® is the first temperament tool to utilize the introversion and extraversion component, allowing for deeper understanding of one’s preferences and communication style. Each participant in a Personality Dimensions® workshop will receive a copy of the PD In Action take home booklet. This handy booklet includes brief descriptions of introversion and extraversion, as well as descriptions of: core needs, characteristics, strengths, skills, weaknesses, likes, and various other areas for each of the four temperaments.